* 28 November 1898 in Preußisch Holland (East Prussia); † 21 January 1993 in Kalmar (Sweden)
At the time of the Weimar Republic, Lotte Laserstein is regarded as a “brilliant talent”. In masterly paintings, of a style close to New Realism, she portrays cityscape motifs, personalities, and characters of the modern Berlin. Her œuvre comprises about 10,000 works.
Lotte Laserstein starts her artistic education in 1910, at her aunt’s art school in Danzig. From 1922 to 1927 she attends the United Public Schools of Liberal and Applied Arts in Berlin, and she is one of the first women to graduate as a master student. In 1925 Lotte Laserstein opens her own school of painting. With the painting “Russian girl with powderbox” she takes part in 1928 in the competition “Most beautiful German female portrait”. The painting is shortlisted and exhibited in the Berliner Galerie Gurlitt. From 1929 to 1934 Lotte Laserstein is a member of the Verein der Berliner Künstlerinnen. She takes part in its exhibitions and is from 1930 to 1932 active in its managing committee. After the National Socialists’ seizure of power, her living and working conditions deteriorate. The artist emigrates in 1937 to Sweden, where she continues her artistic work. Study tours take her to numerous countries. An exhibition in London, in 1987, brings her international recognition. The first Laserstein-exhibition in Germany after 1945 takes place in Berlin’s Ephraim Palais in 2003/2004. In 2010, the Nationalgalerie Berlin acquires one of her major works, “Evening over Potsdam” of 1930. The Frankfurter Städel Museum acquires the painting “Russian girl with powderbox” in 2014. Further works by the artist are to be found i.a. at the Deutsches Historisches Museum and the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington.